Fire Alarm Systems
This section is to familiarize both tenant and employees with the Life Safety policies and procedures should a fire alarm occur in the building. Typically, most fire alarms are false alarms; however, for the safety of all occupants, all fire alarms should be treated as a real emergency when the alarm bell has sounded.
Fire Alarm System Equipment
If You Discover Fire or Smoke
- Alarm tone and voice communication throughout the common and tenant areas.
- Manual pull stations are at each exit stairwell and on both sides of a door equipped with magnetic locking devices.
- Sprinkler system.
- Heat and smoke detectors.
- Fire control station on the ground floor.
- Fire hose cabinets and extinguishers.
- Exit stairways.
- Emergency power system.
If a Fire Alarm is Heard
- Remain calm. Leave the fire area, closing doors behind you.
- Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station. To operate, pull down the fingertip lever. This will activate the fire alarm system.
- When safe to do so, call 911. Provide your name, building address and the location of the fire.
- Immediately evacuate via the nearest fire exit. Follow the directions of your Fire Safety Team. Do not use elevators.
- Do not return until it is declared safe by a Fire Official or Brookfield personnel that the alarm condition has been cleared.
Bankers Hall Complex is equipped with a two-staged fire alarm system. It has two (2) separate and distinct tones:
- The Evacuation Tone is recognized by a continuous beep (120 per minute) tone.
- The Alert Tone is recognized by an intermittent beeping tone (20 per minute).
When an alarm is activated from any floor, the floor where the alarm originates and the floors immediately above and below will receive the Evacuation Tone. The remainder of the building will receive the Alert Tone.
When the Evacuation Tone is Heard
When the Alert Tone is Heard
- Do not wait for announcements. Remain calm and immediately evacuate via the nearest fire exit, closing all doors behind you (take your suite key). Before opening the stairwell door, feel the knob for heat. If it is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slightly. If you feel air pressure or a hot draft, close the door quickly.
- Follow the directions of your Fire Safety Team.
- If you encounter smoke in the corridor or stairwell, use the other Exit stairwell located on your floor area. Crossover floors are located on approximately every five (5) floors with signage clearly posted on the stairwell side of the exit door.
- Never evacuate up the stairwells, always down.
- Do not use the elevators as they will automatically home to the ground floor.
- Do not return until a Fire Official or Brookfield personnel has announced that the alarm condition has been cleared.
Evacuating Endangered Occupants
- This tone indicates a potential fire condition exists somewhere in the building. Remain at your workstation but be prepared to leave the building if it becomes necessary.
- Listen to announcements and instructions via the voice communication system and follow the instructions of your Fire Safety Team.
If you cannot leave your area or have to return to it because of heavy smoke or fire, remain calm and:
- Close the door.
- Unlock the door in the event fire fighters may need to enter the area.
- Seal all cracks where smoke may get in (e.g., under the door).
- If you require assistance for evacuation, dial 911 and inform the Calgary FIRE DEPARTMENT where you are. Be clear and precise including the tower, floor, office address and telephone number.
- Call Security Control at (403) 237-5658 to alert Building staff of your situation, if possible.
- Crouch low to the floor if smoke comes into the room.
- Move to the most protected room in your suite.
- Remain calm and wait to be rescued.